Faces in the street / by Mario Mirabile

Of all the photographic subjects, People are the most varied, fascinating and challenging. They are also the most rewarding. Photographing people in a studio with control over the light and the environment is one thing. Capturing people on the street - with or without their knowledge and co-operation - is another matter entirely.

It all starts with observation, You can look for an interesting face or an interesting situation. If you can get both, it's a bonus. Some locations - like Brunswick Street, Fitzroy, with its bohemian culture and vibrant cafe scene - offer more material to work with than most. It can be a real character like Grant, who's a more than willing subject when he's not directing customers to the local artists market. Or the elderly sidewalk bookseller, meticulously arranging and re-arranging his wares. He wasn't attracting many customers, but he didn't seem to mind at all. Or it could be the young lady who seemed about to get some oversized assistance with her texting. And they are just the tip of the iceberg. All you have to do is take the time to watch.